Monday, 30 September 2013

New Sheriffs admitted into office Friday 27th September

The annual election of two Sheriffs for the City of London took place three months ago back in June at Guildhall, Alderman Sir Paul Judge (Ward of Tower) and Robert Adrian Waddingham CBE being elected into office for 2013/2014. 

The new Sheriffs are formally admitted at Michaelmas and on Friday 27 September I lined up with the Master Actuary in the front row at Guildhall to see our respective Sheriffs take on their new duties.  The Marketors is the Mother Company of Sir Paul (a Past Master) and the Actuaries is the Mother Company of Adrian Waddingham.
Earlier I had been delighted to meet Sir Paul at Clothworkers Hall to view his Shrieval Chain. It is most skilfully created, and financed by many supporting donations across the Livery Companies and many from individuals.  The Sheriffs are now installed into the positions they will hold for a year and ready to preside at the Election of a new Lord Mayor on Monday 30 September. 

The office of Sheriff, a pre-requisite to becoming Lord Mayor, is one of the oldest in existence and dates back to the Middle Ages.  Their duties today include attending and assisting the Lord Mayor in carrying out his official duties, attending the sessions at the Central Criminal Court in the Old Bailey and presenting petitions from the City to Parliament at the Bar at the House of Commons. The Master’s blog records my visit to the Old Bailey and lunch with the Judges earlier this year, hosted there by former Sheriff Nigel Pullman.

Alderman Sir Paul Judge was born in South London, studied in Catford, and has worked in the food industry and the not for profit sector, as well as taking public service jobs such as Director General of the Conservative Party and Ministerial Advisor at the Cabinet Office. He was made a Knight Bachelor in 1996, became a freeman of the City of London in 1970 and chaired the Lord Mayor’s Appeal during Sir John Stuttard’s Mayoralty, and elected Alderman in 2007. He holds honorary doctorates from Cambridge, City and Westminster Universities and is married with two sons.

Buckinghamshire resident Adrian Waddingham CBE qualified as an actuary in 1975, founding Barnett Waddingham LLP in Cheapside in 1989.  He is a member of the Occupational Pensions Joint Working Group and was appointed CBE in 2012 for services to the pensions and actuarial professions. He is a member of a number of City clubs and a trustee of a variety of charities including the Skeletal Cancer Action Trust, Sustrans and the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings. He is married with three children.

Afterwards a big lunch followed at Plaisterers’ Hall, also the home of our Marketors’ office.

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